Olive Oil

The culinary miracle with Greek origin

Anyone coming from the Mediterranean basin swears on the health benefits, as well as the wonderful flavor of olive oil.

Olive oil is made from the crushing and then subsequent pressing of olives. It is available in a variety of grades, which reflect the degree to which it has been processed. Extra virgin olive oil is derived from the first pressing of the olives and has the most delicate flavor and strongest overall health benefits. Virgin olive oil is also derived from the first pressing of the olives but has a higher acidity level than extra virgin olive oil.

Thanks to its status as a spotlight food in the Mediterranean Diet, and thanks to extensive research on its unique phytonutrient composition, olive oil has proved to be a unique source of monounsaturated fats for humans that prevents the blockage of the arteries, helps the reduction of cholesterol and maintains the cholesterol HDL in goods levels. It is rich in vitamins A & E and contains a good combination of vitamin E and polyunsaturated fat acids. It is also rich in antioxidants, which help human metabolism.

Olive oil is part of the daily life of Greeks since antiquity and first evidence concerning the olive oil industry has come from Crete where its cultivation goes back at least to 2500 BC. Besides food, olive oil has been used throughout centuries for various purposes such as religious rituals, medicines, as a fuel in oil lamps, soap-making, skin care application and more.

Olive oil is available throughout the year to satisfy taste buds and promote good health. Just use a good dose of olive oil on salads, pasta, fish, or even place a small cup of extra virgin olive oil out on the table instead of butter for your bread or rolls.

Greek olive oils under PDO and PGI status

Protected Designation of Origin (PDO): Viannos Irakliou Kritis, Ligourio Asklipiiou, Borios Milopotamos Rethimnis Kritis, Krokees Lakonias, Petrina Lakonias, Kranidi Argolidas, Peza Irakliou Kritis, Arhanes Irakliou Kritis, Kalamata, Kolimvari Hanion Kritis, Sitia Lasithiou Kritis, Apokoronas Hanion Kritis, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Thrapsano, Finiki Lakonias, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Trizinia, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Selino Krtis

Protected Geographical Indication (PGI): Lakonia , Hania Kritis, Kefalonia, Olympia, Lesvos / Mytilene, Preveza, Rodos, Thassos, Samos, Zakinthos PGI, Agios Matthaios

MLGFB Tip:

Moisturizing olive oil hair mask, ideal for dehydrated, damaged hair

  • Apply pure olive oil to dry hair. Massage thoroughly the edges
  • Soak a towel in hot water, wring well and wrap your hair.
  • Leave it for about one to two hours, depending on the quality of your hair. Proceed with deep washing under hot water

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